The best Christmas books 📚

Browse the best books on Christmas as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Christmas Day in the Morning

Christmas Day in the Morning

By Pearl S. Bucks, Mark Buehner

Why this book?

This touching tale, set on a farm, captures the timeless desire we all have to give the perfect gift to those we love. Rob learns the true meaning of love as he gives of himself, and finds a way to surprise his father. Buck has a beautiful way of showing rather than telling, and pulls us in with hope and vulnerability. A gift of love is the best gift of all, and Christmas is the perfect time to share this tender family story.
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The best classic Christmas books

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Book cover of The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi

By O. Henry

Why this book?

O. Henry is known for his surprise endings and this book is a beautiful tale of a poor young couple who sacrifice their most prized possessions in order to give a gift to each other. Della cuts her glorious hair to buy a watch chain for Jim, and Jim sells his watch to buy combs for Della’s hair. But instead of a sad story, this one ends with the lovely point that they each love selflessly, and can save their gifts for later.
From the list:

The best classic Christmas books

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Book cover of Letters from Father Christmas

Letters from Father Christmas

By J.R.R. Tolkien

Why this book?

That really amazing guy that wrote the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings wrote letters to his own kids every year as though they were from Santa Claus! For twenty years! These are those wonderful letters filled with North Pole shenanigans and mischief to fill little heads with wonder. Pictures of the original letters are included as well as great illustrations. An absolute holiday delight to look forward to sharing every year!
From the list:

The best books about Santa Claus and his history

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Book cover of Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas

By Clement C. Moore, Charles Santore

Why this book?

This is the whole fantasy…Santa Claus in action. The man, The myth, The Big Guy, doing what he does. Every kid should be read this book at least once on Christmas Eve before being shooed off to bed. And this is a gorgeous edition. Beautiful illustrations throughout capture the imaginations of young and old.
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The best books about Santa Claus and his history

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Book cover of 10 Blind Dates

10 Blind Dates

By Ashley Elston

Why this book?

Coming from a huge family (and I mean 50+ people), I loved Sophie’s family and their hilarious chaos. Sometimes it was a little hard to remember all the relatives and their names, but that was probably because I was zooming through this book. I’m pretty sure I finished it in an entire sitting as I neglected my family. The only times I stopped were to laugh at some of the crazy, but fun-loving dates that Sophie went through. This is a perfect Christmas book as I’m pretty sure my heart swelled as I read it.

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The best YA books about first love, discovering yourself, and all that good stuff

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The Snow Bear

By Holly Webb, Simon Mendez

Why this book?

I absolutely love all of Holly Webb’s books, sometimes she writes about animals in real life and sometimes about animals and magic but whatever she is writing, her books always have fantastic characters and show the bond between humans and animals. I particularly like her Winter Journeys series, they are longer than some of Holly’s other books and sensitively explore different cultures and family relationships. The Snow Bear is one of my favorites. It tells the story of Sara who loves to listen to her grandfather’s stories about the Inuits. One night she goes on a magical snowy adventure with…

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The best middle grade fiction for children who love magic and animals

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